Three reasons why Oscar can inspire Chelsea revival
Three reasons why the Brazilian playmaker can improve struggling Chelsea
1) His work-rate and goal threat
Oscar has a serious engine on him. He has stamina by the bucket load, a quality that Chelsea have been sorely missing in recent weeks. Cesc Fabregas cannot get up and down the pitch like he used to, so he saves his legs for short sprints. Oscar’s work-rate is vital in pressing teams high up the pitch, which often leads to the opposition ceding of possession in dangerous areas. This will prove key against Arsenal on Saturday as the Gunners have a tendency to panic when compressed back into their final third. Jose Mourinho is no doubt hoping Oscar’s return will bring the best out of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. The 24-year-old’s record of a goal roughly every four games is also pretty impressive for a midfielder.
2) His confidence is high
Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the rain on Wednesday night has begun to lift the current gloom surrounding Stamford Bridge, but Oscar’s return from injury is a comparative ray of sunshine. The Brazil international scored a penalty in the easy victory, adding to his goal on the opening day of the season. He admits his fellow players have suffered a crisis of confidence during Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League season in 29 years, but having been out injured he hasn’t been affected as much. “Now we have won against Maccabi, we haven’t played well in the Premier League but we need to win against Arsenal as well,” Oscar said. “Now we have won and we are happy. Everyone has changed and everyone is confident now.
3) He will help shield Terry
Captain John Terry has been left exposed at the back for the Premier League champions in recent weeks. His side has conceded 13 league goals in just five game, a statistic which has been partly caused by a lack of protection in midfield. Oscar’s return should help stop the ease with which teams have been slicing through the Chelsea’s spine. Terry, who turns 35 in December, relies on his intuitive reading of the game to snuff out danger before it appears. With a lack of support in front of him however, as Nemanja Matic has been playing well below par, the former England captain has been run ragged by opposing strikers. Oscar loves getting stuck into tackles and when Arsenal arrive at the Bridge on Saturday, the team who wins the battle in the middle of the park will more than likely also win the game.